I have a few thousand MP3s that have been acquired mostly by ripping that BMG Music Club collection that sits inside a mission cabinet within my office. While I have a fair amount of stuff, I usually go through phases where I'll listen to certain types of material for stretches of time and not listen to others. For example, I happen to love ABBA, but yet it's been a few months since I've listened to any of it. I just haven't been in the mood for Swedish 70's pop. As for what I have been in the mood for...
...late 70's/early 80's Pretenders. Stuff like Message of Love and almost all of the Learning to Crawl album.
...Eric Clapton solo work. I love the whole Tulsa, Oklahoma phase he was in back in the early-mid 70's. Some of the later stuff, such as Bad Love, is pretty cool too. I've been known to air guitar the solo in Bad Love while at my desk. Pretty freaky.
...Tears for Fears, Songs from the Big Chair. The whole album is simply outstanding. As original a concept as it gets.
...The Who, mainly Love Reign O'er Me and Eminence Front.
...Elton John, selected cuts from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, such as Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding.
...Joni Mitchell; I love Free Man in Paris.
...Some Bob Dylan, such as Stuck Inside of Mobile (with the Memphis Blues Again).
...Johnny Cash, such as Boy Named Sue, Hurt, The Man Comes Around, etc.
...Been Caught Stealing by Nine Inch Nails.
...Some other, more obscure (by American standards) stuff, such as Jools Holland, Madness, and Bryan Ferry.
I sense a Beatles season coming up, so maybe it's time to dust off Rubber Soul and Abbey Road.
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